Energy retailers cut off thousands due to unpaid bills, report shows

Energy retailers cut off thousands due to unpaid bills, report shows:

POWER firms threw the switch on almost 13,000 struggling Victorians in the first three months of this year.

The 12,718 residential customers cut off for not paying their gas and electricity bills were 2000 more than were cut off in the previous quarter.

And since last July, firms flouting proper procedure wrongly disconnected at least 520 customers — including six who needed power for life-supporting equipment such as respirators and dialysis machines.

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Australia: More than 120 Victorian electricity and gas connections cut off every day

More than 120 Victorian electricity and gas connections cut off every day:

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Energy companies reported disconnecting residential power and gas 46,122 times in the previous financial year.

Victorians raised the issue with the ombudsman 3411 times in 2016-17.

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Financial stress pushing MILLIONS of Australians into food insecurity

Financial stress pushing millions of Australians into food insecurity:

A shocking 3.6 million Australians, or 15% of the population, have experienced uncertainty around where their next meal is coming from in the last 12 months, a new report from Foodbank Australia has revealed.

This morning Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation, Foodbank, released its annual Foodbank Hunger Report which highlighted that it’s not just the unemployed and homeless who are experiencing food insecurity. Almost 50% of those struggling to feed themselves and their families are actually employed.

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The Australian Army has spent more than $1million paying for 17 soldiers to have sex-change surgery

Revealed: The Australian Army has spent more than $1million paying for 17 soldiers to have sex-change surgery:

The Australian Army has spent more than $1 million paying for soldiers to have sex-change surgery.

In the last four-and-a-half years, the Defence Force had 27 members who were treated for gender dysphoria, including 17 people who had sex-change surgery, according to The Australian.

Ten of the sex-change surgeries were male to female, which was revealed after a Freedom of Information request.

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Australia: Terror suspects refuse to stand for judge before court is shown terrifying rant about spreading Islam ‘by the sword’ and telling people to become Muslim or ‘face death’

Terror suspects refuse to stand for judge before court is shown terrifying rant about spreading Islam ‘by the sword’ and telling people to become Muslim or ‘face death’:

  • Sulayman Khalid and Mohamed Almaouie refused to stand for a judge four times
  • The court saw 20 minute rant recorded by the Islamic extremist before his arrest
  • Khalid is seen calling on secret service agencies worldwide to convert to Islam
  • He has pleaded guilty to conspiring to do acts in preparation for a terrorist act

An ISIS-inspired terror suspect and his co-accused have refused to stand before a judge during their court hearing.

Sulayman Khalid and Mohamed Almaouie stayed seated while Justice Geoffrey Bellew entered and exited the New South Wales Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The court was shown a video recorded by Khalid, 22, in which he called on secret services around the world to convert to Islam in a 20 minute rant.

‘Islam is spread by the swords. How can a religion spread without using the swords?’ Khalid can be seen saying in a clip shown by Seven News.

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Security first, but welfare of ISIS fighters’ children will be managed: government

Security first, but welfare of IS fighters’ children will be managed: government:

The Turnbull government has developed detailed plans to manage the return of as many as 70 children of Australian foreign fighters who may come home from the Middle East as the Islamic State’s so-called Caliphate crumbles.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan told Fairfax Media the plan prioritises security but also looks at counselling, education and welfare and is being done “hand-in-hand” with the states, who would case-manage each child.

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ISIS supporters free to return to Australia

And what could possibly go wrong?

IS supporters free to return to Australia despite tough law changes:

AUSTRALIA faces a deluge of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country failed.

Intelligence experts have warned the federal government that there is nothing stopping scores of homegrown terrorists — including dual nationals who are fighting with Islamic State — from lawfully returning to Australia, despite new anti-terror laws designed to strip them of their Australian citizenship.

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Maths, reading and science skills of average Australian students are as bad as impoverished teenagers in Singapore, study finds

Maths, reading and science skills of average Australian students are as bad as impoverished teenagers in Singapore, study finds:

The science, reading and mathematics skills of Australian students are on par with the most disadvantaged students in Singapore.

According to Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores, Singapore’s 15-year-old’s are the smartest in the world and are two years and four months ahead of Australian students in maths.

That would mean the average 15-year-old in the Asian city would be as clever as an Aussie school student aged 17 years and four months.

They are also 18 months ahead in science and 12 months more advanced in reading, the study found.

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Government prepares for 70 children of ISIS fighters to return to Australia – and plans to give them counselling, welfare and new identities

Government prepares for 70 children of ISIS fighters to return to Australia – and plans to give them counselling, welfare and new identities:

  • At least 110 Australians are still in Syria and Iraq fighting for the terrorist group
  • More than 70 children are expected to return to Australia this year
  • The Turnbull government will be offering them privacy and an education
  • Despite welcoming them with welfare, the public’s safety remains a top priority 

The Australian government has planned for the return of at least 70 children of ISIS fighters and will given them counselling, welfare and citizenship.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said that each child will be case-managed and the states will be working together to ensure they have access to an education.

Despite security being a top priority upon their return, Mr Keenan was quick to say the returning youngsters won’t be left without help or guidance as they transition back into a regular life.

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#Australia: These posters are at #Melbourne University! The “Yes” campaign supports “CHILD BRIDES”.

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Australia’s ski resorts experience best conditions EVER – with so much snow they had to cancel SKI competitions

The ‘Blizzard of Oz’: Australia’s ski resorts experience best conditions EVER – with so much snow they had to cancel SKI competitions:

Australians are enjoying the best ski conditions for 20 years after record snowfalls buried resorts as spring began.

More than 140cm fell on Thredbo in five days over the past week, a record for September, in what skiers have dubbed the Blizzard of Oz.

By Friday the snow was 233cm deep and still falling, covering slope markers, obstructing chairlifts and forcing patrons to dig themselves out of chalets.

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Australia: Government to pay $70 MILLION damages to 1,905 Migrant detainees in class action – #MigrantCrisis

Government to pay $70m damages to 1,905 Manus detainees in class action:

The Australian government and its offshore detention contractors will pay more than $70m in compensation to nearly 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers for illegally detaining them in dangerous and damaging conditions on Manus Island.

The government on Wednesday settled a class action brought by Slater and Gordon on behalf of 1,905 refugees and asylum seekers detained on the island, rather than proceed with a six-month trial that would have involved evidence before the court from detainees of murder inside the detention centre, systemic sexual and physical abuse, and inadequate medical treatment leading to injury and death.

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